Published by Jeannine Colette on June 21, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Second Chance Romance
Take one sexy bartender. Add a badass cop. A splash of sweet, that's me. One sour, that's him... and serve over ice.
That’s how you’ll get to my current situation.
You know the girl - the one who commands the scene, bottle of liquor in hand, pouring liquid fire into the willing throats of patrons as they let loose at the local bar?
That's me. Leah Marie Paige.
I may be known as the town party girl, but in reality I'm this close to my dream of opening my own bar - McConaugheys. Yes, it will be named after the acclaimed actor. What can I say? I’m a sucker for that sexy Texan.
Everything was going as planned until the night I had a few drinks and accepted a ride home from a friend. A misunderstanding leads to an arrest, and now I'm at the mercy of the one man I can’t stand, and trust me, the feeling is definitely mutual.
Adam Reingold is six-feet-tall and built like a stallion -- the man is the epitome of male. He also happens to be the town narc and hates my guts. There’s a story to our past and it's not a pretty one.
So, now, here I am, chained to him for the summer like a hardened criminal, doing whatever he tells me to do. Problem is, I can’t help but look at him when he’s not watching and wonder what our future could be like if things were different.
There are so many reasons why he’s all wrong for me. Even more reasons why I need to stay away from him.
It’s a cocktail of trouble. Best served shaken, not stirred.
What a delightful surprise this book turned out to be! I was recommended this author numerous times by a great friend, and I am now kicking myself for not giving this author a chance sooner. This is my very first Colette read but I’m sure it won’t be my last.
But first things first: this book is all about Leah and Adam’s struggle to find each other in the dark after a tragedy pushed them apart when they were still very young. Leah used to date Brad in high school, Adam’s best friend, but there was always a latent and undeniable attraction between her and Adam. Brad himself is the catalyst that winds up erecting a wall between Adam and Leah, a wall that they’re faced to push through many years down the road. Adam is now a cop and Leah is a bartender (really the owner, but she’d rather keep that under wraps). She has huge aspirations to turn the establishment into something newer and better. Better put, she wants to prove everyone that she isn’t just Leah Paige… a community college dropout, the crazier sister in the Paige family, she’s a businesswoman with a plan that can let her hair lose and have fun while staying true to her hopes and dreams.
I loved Leah. She was such a fun, sassy, vibrant character, full of life and exuberance. Adam, was also very likeable, even if he was extremely mean and cold to her at the beginning. We’re told through many flashbacks why exactly he acts that way towards Leah and what is causing him to treat her like she just keyed his cop car. There’s community service involved, a carefully choreographed dance of attraction and I gobbled it up. I normally don’t go for small town romances… it’s just not something I’m crazy about, but I do love me a blue collar hero, and if we’re talking the cop variety all the better. Don’t expect anything too kinky though… but the book does deliver in the sweet and sensuous department when these two finally get together. There was a sizzling, slow burn chemistry between these two that was extremely well done, which included the very creative use of the transcribed audiobook by a different author, Lauren Runow, in one of the most original scenes I’ve ever read.
Some of the moments in here were genuinely touching, and by the end of the book I felt truly connected to the entire cast of characters, mainly the Paige family. They seem like such a fun lot full of personality. My one qualm was the constant referencing of Matthew McConaughey, which did start grating on me after a while to the point where it almost felt like Leah’s true obsession was the actor and not the hero in the book. BUT, and this is a huge but, this was all redeemed by the epilogue which was so fun and so perfectly done, the McConaughey motif just made all the better sense for it. And now, everytime I watch Magic Mike or any other McConaughey film (I love Interstellar) I will forever be reminded of this book. I can’t stand How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days though (sorry!).
If you love quick, sweet romances, don’t mind a slow burn and enjoy characters that are so well put together they feel like real people, this book, and I’d assume every other book by this author, is probably for you. I highly recommend.
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